Ice storm makes travel nearly impossible across Upper Michigan
Significant ice across Upper Michigan Monday morning and afternoon is shutting down schools and businesses, as travel could be nearly impossible through the evening.
The Marquette County Sheriff's Office is telling people to stay off the roads unless it's essential. Authorities responded to a number of crashes and slide-offs Monday morning.
Schools, including Northern Michigan University, closed. The Superior Dome and Berry Events Center are closing at 6 p.m. and the PEIF will close at 8 p.m. Marquette City Hall and Lakeview Arena didn't open either.
Marquette County has a work force reduction in effect. No hearings will be held at the courthouse Monday.
Police ask drivers to use extreme caution if they must drive Monday. Travel is strongly discouraged. Go slow, do not break suddenly and allow plenty of time to get to destinations safely.
Road conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day. Roads are extremely slippery, making stopping difficult. Rain is falling in the Marquette area, but that will eventually freeze.
Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Temperatures will plummet into the teens and single digits from northwest to southeast Monday evening, causing a flash freeze.
As of 11:45 a.m., UPPCO says it is aware of several
. As of 3:05 p.m., outages across the U.P. totaled more than 4,100 customers. UPPCO says crews are currently working to restore service as quickly as possible. Always avoid downed power lines and report any unsafe conditions by calling 906-449-2011 or 800-562-7809. Be prepared for more power outages.
For more information on power outages for the Marquette Board of Light and Power and UPPCO,
Marq-Tran says it's not picking up new passengers and it's running reduced services. The 2 p.m. runs from downtown to K.I. Sawyer and Ishpeming are the last runs of the day, Monday. Marq-Tran says no fixed bus routes will run on Tuesday. There will only be limited essential door-to-door medical appointments that have already been scheduled.
The U.S. Postal Service is
Retail operations at the Marquette Post Office are still open.
According to the Michigan Secretary of State Twitter account, as of 1:15 p.m. the Marquette branch SOS office is currently unable to process transactions because of a power outage due to this ice storm.
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